The Moving Icon: Orthodox Blockbusters

The Moving Icon: Orthodox Blockbusters

In this episode, we learn about the Japanese/Russian Orthodox film “Priest San,” starring Pyotr Mamonov from “Ostrov” and American actor Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa. We also hear about the soon-to-be-released film about St Luke the Surgeon, “Luka.” PRIEST SAN LUKA   Posted by the Orthodox Christian Network.  You can find the Orthodox Christian Network...

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Artistic and Cultural Events in the Orthodox Church

Artistic and Cultural Events in the Orthodox Church

Welcome to “This Week in Orthodoxy,” the world’s only online video newscast focused on events in the life of the Orthodox Church. Segment 1: News from around the Globe Film Screening at Halki Seminary This week, we’ll look at some artistic and cultural events happening around the world. First up...

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The Moving Icon: Ostrov

The Moving Icon: Ostrov

When one thinks of Orthodox pop-culture, the great Russian writers Dostoevsky and The Way of a Pilgrim from the 1800s come to mind. During the 20th century, the films of Tarkovsky were seen as the greatest examples of expressing Orthodoxy through moving images. However, at the dawn of the 21st...

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“Son of God”: A Weak Jesus

“Son of God”: A Weak Jesus

You know when you read a book and then go to watch the movie and you’re disappointed that the movie changed a bunch of stuff? Or added stuff in that wasn’t supposed to be there? That’s how I felt after watching “Son of God.” The cinematography was good. You can...

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The Moving Icon: Byzanfest

The Moving Icon: Byzanfest

This week’s episode is an overview of the recent Byzanfest, the world’s first Orthodox Christian short-film festival that was entirely online. Founder of Byzanfest and host of this show Chris Vlahonasios reveals the winning films and offers brief reviews of each one. Watch the films here.

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The Moving Icon: Derek Power

The Moving Icon: Derek Power

OCN’s newest podcast is hosted by filmmaker and film critic Chris Vlahonasios, who explores the world of Eastern Orthodox Christian filmmakers and artists, as well as examines popular films through an Orthodox lens. In this pilot episode, Chris speaks with Orthodox musician and filmmaker Derek Power.

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Dracula and the Decline of Christian Power

Dracula and the Decline of Christian Power

Okay, okay, I admit it: I am big fan of Dracula movies, and have been ever since I was a little boy. Since the time I was allowed to sit up late on Friday night and watch the old horror films playing at 11.30 p.m., I have been happily horrified...

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The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

The books and the first film in this series caught a lot of negative comment from Orthodox Christians because of some of the issues which Suzanne Collins and the film makers dealt with – mostly the idea of children killing children, and the graphic violence. While the violence isn’t any...

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Melting Down, Hollywood Style

Melting Down, Hollywood Style

No one does disasters like Hollywood. (Quick case in point: Giant comet hits the earth in 1998’s Deep Impact, below.) But what happens when the disaster is their own? If this summer’s movie attendance is any indication, they may find out, and sooner than even Steven Spielberg predicted. Simple quiz:...

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Meditating on “Les Mis”: The Stars of Javert

Meditating on “Les Mis”: The Stars of Javert

Assuming that you are not just now awaking from a coma, you have probably seen or at least heard of the 2012 production of the classic musical Les Miserables, known to its many fans simply as “Les Mis”.  It was of course justly famous even before Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne...

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